Workshop on bi/multilingualism and disability at ALS conference 2020
The 53rd annual conference of the Australian Linguistic Society (ALS) will run in an online format on Monday and Tuesday, 14th-15th December 2020. The theme this year is Building Bridges, in acknowledgement of the role that this Conference will play in connecting a community of researchers who have been living through many months of perturbation, fragmentation, and (in some cases) isolation as a result of Covid-19.
In the spirit of building bridges, we have organised a multidisciplinary workshop on the topic of bi/multilingualism and disability. The panel will include six 15-minute papers and will be allocated a slot within the program alongside the general sessions. All ALS 2020 conference presentations will be pre-recorded in video format and uploaded to the conference website ahead of the conference so that delegates have enough time to access the papers in preparation for the live events. During the conference, there will be a LIVE parallel session were the papers will be discussed.
We are delighted to share the composition of our workshop and the topics to be presented:
Bilingualism and multilingualism in individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or Down syndrome (DS): Evidence and implications
Elizabeth Kay-Raining Bird, Dalhousie University, Canada
How to disentangle bilingualism from Developmental Language Disorder (DLD)
Sharon Armon-Lotem, Bar Ilan University, Israel
The suitability of dual language education for students with learning challenges
Fred Genesee, McGill University, Canada
Deaf multilingualism: Traversing new research terrain
Louisa Willoughby, Monash University, Australia
Can cross-linguistic treatment effects inform clinical practice in multilingual aphasia?
Maria Kambanaros, University of South Australia, Australia
Bilingualism as a source of cognitive reserve: Impact on Alzheimer's disease